The main campus at Trikkakara is set in about 180 acres of sprawling green landscape with rolling hills, fresh breeze and golden sunshine. With the main building styled in traditional Kerala architecture, the campus houses various Departments & Schools except Marine Sciences, in addition to the administrative office, auxiliary institutions, hostels, guest house, visiting faculty complex, computer centre, central library, staff quarters and other amenities.
There is a fascinating myth about Thrikkakara connecting Vamana, the fifth avatar of Lord Vishnu (also called Thrikkakarayappan) and asura (demon) King Mahabali, popular among his subjects as poverty and sorrow were unheard of during his reign. This popularity made the gods jealous and they tricked Mahabali into being banished to Patala, the nether world. He was given permission to visit his subjects once a year. Onam, the famous harvest festival of Kerala is a celebration of this yearly visit.
The downtown campus is located on the shores of Lake Vembanad. The campus has a stunning view of the Cochin harbour and the Arabian sea. Housing the Departments and schools of Faculty of Marine Sciences and men's hostel, the campus has all the facilities for 3600 learning including own mooring jetty and sea-going vessel for research. The School of Marine Sciences is one of the few centres in India with complete facilities for teaching all disciplines and branches of marine science.
The campus located in Kuttanad, Alleppey is home to Cochin University College of Engineering, Kuttanad (CUCEK). The expansive campus is located in Kuttanad, known as the rice bowl of Kerala, famous for its paddy cultivation below sea-level. It is a world favourite tourist destination with one of the most stunning landscapes and picturesque backwaters lined with rolling paddy fields swaying in the gentle breeze.